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Active Learning Classes Leave Students Dissatisfied

from The Daily Pennsylvanian

A new form of learning has taken sail at Penn in recent years, but negative student feedback suggests stormy seas ahead. Structured, Active, In-Class, Learning courses, or SAIL courses, which emphasize self-reliance in education, have become a typical part of Penn students' schedules. These courses force students to work through problems and learn concepts through independent learning instead of following an instructor's lead to the answer. Operating on the theory that students absorb concepts better through group problem-solving, SAIL method courses were first offered in STEM fields and are expanding into business and even humanities courses. more

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